Another busy weekend for Liverpool loanees, with Luis Alberto and Joao Teixeira getting the decisive goals for their respective sides and a number of others making appearances as well.
Between the sheer amount of players on loan and their quality, there's bound to be plenty to discuss on a weekly basis. Watching all of them will prove a challenge; not all of the matches will be televised and there's a number of kickoffs simultaneously, but there's at least highlights here and there that can catch us up on those spending time elsewhere for the season.
There was another start and another 90 minutes for Andre Wisdom in West Brom's 0-0 draw at Southampton; the fullback created one chance and was again solid for the actual Baggies, who earned their second draw of the new season. Wisdom and Ben Foster were involved in a mix-up at the bag that thankfully didn't result in a goal for the hosts, who couldn't build on their impressive display last weekend at Anfield.
Joao Teixeira got another start and rewarded Sami Hyypia's confidence with another goal, this time netting a second-half winner after Brighton had fallen behind to an early Bolton goal. For Teixeira that's two goals in two games after he scored midweek in the win at Leeds, and two wins on the trot for Hyypia's side after they lost their first two of the Championship season.
Over in Spain, Luis Alberto also got a winner, punching home the rebound from his saved penalty to give Malaga a controversial 1-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao. There was a string of strange refereeing decisions in the second half, none worse than the late equalizer for Athletic that was ruled off for...no reason whatsoever. Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz headed in a corner in injury time with no foul apparent, but the goal was ruled out and Alberto's goal held up as decisive.
Brad Smith was back in action for Swindon Town after a spell out through injury, and he featured for 82 minutes in the 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandria. Smith registered a shot on goal in his first match back. Divock Origi came on as a substitute for Lille with the home side already up 1-0, and a minute after he arrived Simon Kjaer padded the lead with a free-kick that skipped off a defender and in. Lille will now face Porto on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier.
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